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Government Employee Pensions May Now Be Fair Game for Cuts During Bankruptcy Restructuring

On Tuesday, December 2, 2013, Judge Steven Rhodes of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the City of Detroit, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on July 18, 2013, met the…more

Chapter 9, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipalities, Pensions, Public Employees

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Keep Your Eye On the Ball: Begin 2014 With a Renewed Effort at Compliance

While most of the financial world has been focused on the new CFPB mortgage rules that went into effect on January 10, the Bureau has continued its enforcement activities in other areas. On January 16, 2013, the CFPB announced…more

CFPB, Chief Compliance Officers, Client Referrals, Compliance, Enforcement

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The CFPB Goes Mobile

The plastic credit card will one day go the way of the flip phone as consumers increasingly adopt innovative digital payment methods, such as Apple Pay, already available to them on their mobile devices. As a result of this…more

ACH Payments, Banking Sector, CFPB, Consumer Lenders, Mobile Devices

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Franchisees Flatline in Case Against Doctors Express

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit thoroughly shot down claims brought by franchisees of Doctors Express Franchising. Those claims asserted that Doctors Express misrepresented initial start-up…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Dismissals, Franchises, Franchisors

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NIST Releases Guidelines for Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Used by Businesses and Their Employees

Companies and their employees are increasingly using mobile devices and mobile applications (apps) to improve connectivity, communication and productivity. Unfortunately, these same companies may be unintentionally exposing…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, NIST

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Power Company Plans to Capture Carbon Dioxide Emissions to Sell for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Cost overruns at a controversial coal-gasification plant under construction in Kemper County, Mississippi apparently have cost the CEO of Mississippi Power Company his job. Ed Day recently resigned and has been replaced by G…more

Carbon Capture and Sequestration, CEOs, Coal, Coal-Gasification, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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OCS Operators and Lenders Beware - Comment Period Ending on BOEM Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Monday, November 17, 2014, is the last day to provide comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in connection with its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) with respect to risk management, financial…more

BOEM, Department of the Interior, Leases, Mineral Leases, NOPR

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Some H4 Spouses of H-1Bs Can Apply for Work Cards Beginning May 26, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for work authorization of H-4 spouses of two groups of H-1B…more

DHS, Employment Authorization Document, H-1B, H-4 Spouses, Spouses

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Interior Department Releases Final Rule Regulating Fracking on Federal and Tribal Lands

On Friday, March 20 the Obama Administration announced a final rule from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. Key components of the rule, which will take effect in 90…more

Bureau of Land Management, Final Rules, Fracking, Government Land, Popular

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The Elaborate Guessing Game: The CFPB and Its Authority Under the UDAAP

Since its inception in July of 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in the process of enforcing numerous laws under the Dodd-Frank Act, has focused primarily on "Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and…more

Banking Sector, CFPB, Covered Entities, Dodd-Frank, Financial Institutions

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Weigh In with Comments on CMS Proposed Rule for Medicare IRP by June 28

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program; Requirements for the Medicare Incentive Reward Program and Provider Enrollment" on April 29, 2013. This proposed rule,…more

CMS, Medicare, Proposed Regulation, Public Comment, ZPIC

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Managing Regulatory Risk in Nursing Home-Hospice Arrangements

Challenges of Nursing Home-Hospice Arrangements. As a nursing home resident's life expectation sunsets, transfer of the resident from the restorative care of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) to the palliative care of a hospice…more

Hospice, Nursing Homes

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Challenging the Denial of a Trademark Application in District Court Just Got More Expensive

In Shammas v. Focarino, the Eastern District of Virginia holds that an applicant must pay the government attorney's fees regardless of the applicant's success in a Section 1071(b) civil matter. …more

Applications, Attorney's Fees, Litigation Fees & Costs, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Mississippi Court Rules Discriminatory Exclusion is Unconstitutional

The Hinds County Chancery Court recently issued an opinion in AT&T Corp. v. Miss. Dep't of Revenue finding that Mississippi's dividend exclusion statute unlawfully discriminates against interstate commerce and is therefore…more

AT&T, Audits, Commerce Clause, Corporate Taxes, Department of Revenue

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Florida Law on Assignment of Rents Provisions

A recent bankruptcy decision from a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court (In re Surma, 504 B.R. 770 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2014)) has once again drawn attention to the effect assignment of rents provisions in mortgages can have, depending on…more

Assignment of Rent Clauses, Bankruptcy Code, Consumer Bankruptcy, Mortgages

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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Employers Have Homework: EEO-1 Reports Due September 30TH

Across the country, kids are headed back to school. However, they are not the only ones who have homework to turn in. Employers also have an assignment to complete. Specifically, EEO-1 reports must be filed and certified by…more

EEO-1, EEOC, Reporting Requirements

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Case Study of a CFPB Enforcement Action: In re JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; and Chase Bank USA, N.A.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Chase Bank USA, N.A. (collectively, the Bank), pursuant to 12 U.S.C. §§ 5563 and 5565 with regard to their…more

Audits, CFPB, Chase Bank, Civil Monetary Penalty, False Billing

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Bill Introduced to Curtail the Stark Law's In-Office Ancillary Services Exception

On August 1, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act. The legislation would provide that the Stark Law's in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception is not available for…more

CMS, Healthcare, HHS, Medical Devices, Medical Expenses

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IRS Issues Final Regulations for Charitable Hospitals

On December 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Treasury issued final regulations on requirements described in Section 501(r) for charitable hospitals exempt from federal income tax under Section…more

Charitable Organizations, CHNA, Exempt Organizations, Final Rules, Hospitals

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Federal District Court Rules Favorably for Medical Device Manufacturer in Off-Label Promotion Lawsuits

On April 13, 2015, in the case of Kathleen Hafer v. Medtronic, Inc., the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a favorable opinion to a medical device manufacturer in the context of preemption…more

Leave to Amend, Manufacturers, Medical Devices, Medtronic, Misrepresentation

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New HUD Guidance for Long Term Care Industry

On April 25, 2014, HUD issued a new Mortgagee Letter (Mortgagee Letter 2014-06) that implements revised policies with respect to master leases and portfolios for HUD-insured financing of long term care facilities. This letter…more

Commercial Leases, Financing, HUD, Leases, Long Term Care Facilities

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The Inside Scoop: Top 10 Employer Mistakes According to the Solicitor of Labor

Meeting in our nation's capital and having a strong public policy group have some definite perks, such as getting the inside scoop on employment law trends directly from the Department of Labor's Solicitor. During a recent Baker…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Human Resources Professionals, Internships

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Student Loans: The Next CFPB Target?

There is approximately $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan debt in the United States, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. With the large amount of student loan debt nationwide as well as on a…more

CFPB, Student Loans

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect - A New Threat for Employers: A Proactive Solution for You

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final Rule on "quickie elections" in December, and they are now in effect. These rules come down heavily in favor of unions…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRA, NLRB, Union Elections

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Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of…more

ADA, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA, PDA

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Out With the Old and in With the New…Guidance

During a Summit on Disability and Employment in February of this year, the White House announced the release of a new guide entitled Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, A Resource Guide For…more

Disabled, Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals, New Guidance, Obama Administration

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Fines, fees, and the soaking of the poor

My client is a homeless veteran of the US Army. He served honorably, returned home and worked hard at a relatively low wage job, but unfortunately became involved with drugs and alcohol and his life went off the rails. During…more

Access To Justice

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Five Changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act That You Need to Know

The following are five important changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act (the Act) which became effective January 1, 2015: 1. Affirmative Disclosure Requirement to Report Up the Chain of Command; 2…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Conversions, Disclosure Requirements, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification

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Hospitalitas Newsletter - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming - Franchisor Liability for Franchisee Employment Decisions: The NLRB’s General Counsel Addresses the Move to Expand the Joint-Employer Standard, and…more

Consent Decrees, Corporate Fines, Fast-Food Industry, Franchises, Hiring & Firing

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Implementing An Employee Wellness Program? Be Careful - The EEOC Is Interested

According to recent studies, over 90% of employers offer some type of wellness incentives to their employees. This is a significant jump from 2009 when only a little over half of employers had employee wellness programs, and the…more

Adverse Employment Action, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Actions

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Louisiana Severance Tax Exemptions in Jeopardy

The 2015 Louisiana legislative session is in full swing and the lawmakers are dealing with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Of the many tax credits, exemptions and deductions that are in the legislature’s crosshairs,…more

Legislative Agendas, Oil & Gas, Severance Tax, State Budgets

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Light Up or Leave Me Alone: Medical Marijuana is an Ongoing Challenge for Employers

The 2014 election had four major marijuana ballot initiatives. Recreational legalization initiatives passed in Alaska, Washington State and the District of Columbia. A constitutional amendment in Florida to legalize medical…more

Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana

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New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce…more

Amended Legislation, Banking Sector, Barack Obama, BIS, CACR

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Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Over TILA Rescissions Limitations Period

The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a borrower relying on the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to rescind his mortgage loan need only mail written notice of his intent to his lender within three years of the loan's…more

Bank of America, Countrywide, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages, Refinancing

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$840 Million in Grants From Government Available to Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center intends to award $840 million in grants to test methodologies to improve clinical practices and care. CMS's Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)…more

CMS, Federal Grants, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, TCPI

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Wearable Tech in the Workplace, Version 2.0

Wearable technology or wearable tech is the latest craze in personal electronics. The phrase encompasses anything electronic that is worn by a user. It took center stage at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and since then, it…more

Apple, Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Google

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Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John's Non-Competes Goes Stale

Sandwich chain Jimmy John's has been in the news lately because of non-compete agreements that employees of its franchisees sign. This is not necessarily good news for Jimmy John's, but it does underscore some interesting…more

Class Action, Confidentiality Agreements, Employer Liability Issues, Fast-Food Industry, Franchisee

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Lender Involved Condemnation Part 2: Lender Concerns in Condemnation

This is the second installment in a series of articles related to lender-involved condemnations. The first installment provided a basic discussion of eminent domain and condemnation principles…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Lenders, Risk Management, Takings

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CFPB Demonstrates its Broad Scope

While it has only just begun its third year, the CFPB has already left its mark with a series of recent enforcement actions. Below are four examples of how the CFPB has wielded the broad scope of its mandate…more

Bonuses, Capital One, CFPB, Debt-Relief Industry, Enforcement Actions

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NLRB Takes Aim at Non-Union Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently handed down a series of decisions that challenged the fundamental tenet of the employee-employer relationship: at-will employment. This new affront came on the heels of a…more

At-Will Employment, Confidentiality, Internal Investigations, NLRA, NLRB

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Colorado's New Flood Impact Rules and the Effect on State or Local Control of the Oil and Gas Industry

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) adopted new rules to limit the impact of spills in flood-prone areas of Colorado, like the ones that occurred in the Front Range and eastern…more

COGCC, Flood Zones, New Regulations, Oil & Gas, Oil Spills

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North Carolina Legislators Look to Criminalize Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

As many states and the federal government look towards calling for greater disclosure and regulation of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, state senators in North Carolina appear to be pushing against the tide in…more

Chemicals, Disclosure Requirements, Energy, Environmental Liability, Fracking

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Talks Resume in Ongoing Refinery Worker Strike

Representatives of the major oil companies and the United Steelworkers Union returned to the table on March 9, 2015 to resume talks regarding a three-year labor contract during a strike by workers that has now entered its sixth…more

Contract Negotiations, Oil & Gas, Refineries, Strike, Unions

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Texas Supreme Court Reinforces that Subcontractors May be Liable to Property Owners

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that both the trial court and the court of appeals improperly dismissed a property owner's claim for negligence against a subcontractor for improper plumbing installation in…more

Breach of Duty, Contractors, Duty of Care, Negligence, Property Owners

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Alumni Profile: Joan Lucas, the General Counsel of Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University received national attention on the football field this year. Amy Champagne recently sat down with Baker Donelson Alum Joan Lucas, the General Counsel of Mississippi State University, to talk about…more

General Counsel, Interviews

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Significant Guidance Released Regarding HIPAA Compliance

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released an updated version of the 2011 Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (Guide). The 62-page Guide provides significant guidance to…more

EHR, Guide, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Meaningful Use

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Mississippi's New Construction Lien Law

On Friday, April 11, 2014, Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill 2622 and thus made that bill the new construction lien law, effective immediately, applicable to public, private and residential construction works in Mississippi. We…more

Construction Disputes, Construction Liens

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Transgender Litigant Challenges Exclusion of "Gender Identity Disorder" in Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12191, et seq. ("ADA"), expressly excludes from its protections individuals whose gender identity disorder is not the result of a physical impairment. The so-called "GID…more

Cabela's, Canada, Categorical Exclusions, Disability, EEOC

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FTC Ordered to Testify Regarding Data Security Standards in LabMD Dispute

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has suffered a significant setback in its ongoing dispute with LabMD, a now-closed medical laboratory that the FTC charged with failing to adopt reasonable data security practices that resulted…more

Data Breach, Data Protection, Electronic Medical Records, Enforcement Actions, FTC

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Sin of Omission: Ninth Circuit Splits with the Fifth, Finds That Failure to Include Addendum No. 2 Creates Ambiguity in Marine Builder's Risk Policy

In a marine builder's risk policy coverage dispute decided under Washington state law, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a grant of summary judgment for Underwriters…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Reversal, Summary Judgment, Underwriting, Vessels

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OCR Issues New Title IX Guidance to Educational Institutions and Title IX Coordinators

On Friday, April 24, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued three important communications that reemphasize the importance under Title IX of designating, training and supporting Title IX coordinators…more

Educational Institutions, New Guidance, OCR, Title IX, Title IX Coordinator

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ESOPs: The Tax Law Provides a Buyer for Your Business

As baby boomer business owners begin to retire, many will want to monetize the value they have created in their businesses. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one alternative. The ESOP alternative, authorized by the…more

401k, C-Corporation, ESOP, IRC, Retirement Plan

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Governor Jindal Signs Bill Aimed at Ending Suit by Levee Board

On June 6, 2014, by signing into law SB 469, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took an aggressive step towards stymieing the lawsuit recently filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas…more

New Legislation, Oil & Gas, Utilities Sector

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Deadline Approaching to Report Certain HIPAA Breaches to Federal Officials

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires covered entities to notify the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) if a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) is discovered. As most…more

Breach Notification Rule, Covered Entities, Deadlines, HHS, HIPAA

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect - A New Threat for Employers: A Proactive Solution for You

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final Rule on "quickie elections" in December, and they are now in effect. These rules come down heavily in favor of unions…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRA, NLRB, Union Elections

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HHS: Providers May Be Able to Subsidize Premiums For Uninsured in Marketplace Plans

An announcement October 30 from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could remove the first hurdle for providers wishing to offer premium support for individuals eligible for health insurance on the Health…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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Volcker Rule Restricts Banks' Activities with Hedge Funds and Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading…more

Banks, Dodd-Frank, Hedge Funds, Private Funds, Volcker Rule

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Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity…more

Best Management Practices, Discrimination, DOJ, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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Who's Who in the CFPB: Key Players in the New Agency

Richard Cordray became the first Director of the CFPB over the summer when President Obama named him to the post through a controversial recess appointment. This came after the Senate blocked Cordray's nomination in 2011…more

CFPB, Political Appointments, Richard Cordray

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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Fracking Revenue Offsets Education Costs

Many colleges across the country are now looking directly to oil and gas as a source of much needed revenue for education. With cut-backs to state budgets, many states are strongly considering whether to allow hydraulic…more

Engineering, Fracking, Oil & Gas, Students

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Keeping the Benefit of Your Bargain: Strengthening Your Right to Prepayment Premiums

Anyone involved in commercial lending transactions is familiar with provisions of loan agreements that provide for compensation to the lender in the event the indebtedness is paid in advance of the contemplated due date. These…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Leases

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An Overview of the Lingering Uncertainty Surrounding the "Guns in Trunks" Law

Background The volume of gun sales has been increasing steadily across the United States over the last few years, and more citizens than ever are obtaining state-issued concealed firearms licenses. State governments, as well as…more

Employer Liability Issues, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation, Legislative Agendas, Private Property, Private Property Rights

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CMBS Pre-negotiation Agreements

Pre-negotiation agreements ("PNA’s") are contractual arrangements in which a lender and a distressed borrower agree to negotiate the terms of a potential workout or settlement. The primary purpose of a PNA is to foster an open,…more

Borrowers, CMBS, Lenders, Loan Agreements, Pre-Negotiation Agreements

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Changed locations require New H-1B Petition, Not Just LCA

The Attorney General has designated as "precedent" a decision of the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruling that the change of a job's location outside the area covered by the original approved labor condition…more

Employer Mandates, H-1B, Immigration Procedures, LCA, Popular

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Expansion of Title VII Protection to LGBT Employees

As 2014 comes to a close, it has become quite clear that there is a legal trend towards expanding Title VII protection to LGBT employees. Earlier this year, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was proposed to ban anti-gay…more

Civil Rights Act, Employee Rights, ENDA, LGBT, Title VII

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Employment Reform Legislation Passes Tennessee Legislature

On April 16, 2014, the Tennessee General Assembly, at the urging of Baker Donelson, passed significant employment litigation reform that will benefit employers throughout Tennessee. The bill places caps on compensatory damages,…more

Damages, Employer Liability Issues, Non-Pecuniary Losses, Pain and Suffering

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OFAC Adds 7 Venezuelan Officials to SDN List

On March 8 President Obama signed Executive Order 13692 Executive Order 13692, which initially adds seven former or current Venezuelan government officials to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. Once they have been…more

Executive Orders, Foreign Official, OFAC, SDN List, Venezuela

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Q&A on .bank Registration

By now, many members of the banking community have heard from their trade associations that there will be a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) released by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) for…more

Banking Sector, gTLD, ICANN

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Was Asbestos Used in Your Drilling Mud Program?

With the bankruptcy of dozens of traditional defendants in asbestos litigation, plaintiffs' attorneys have been creative in pursuing claims in previously untapped areas. One such area is alleged oilfield worker exposure via…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Chemicals, Hazardous Substances, Oil & Gas

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No Damage for Delay Clauses Have Limits on Louisiana Public Works Projects

The Louisiana Public Works Act prohibits “no damage for delay” clauses in contracts for publicly bid projects. Recently, the State of Louisiana tested the boundaries of that prohibition by including a provision in a public…more

Change Orders, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Site, Contractors

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Sixteen Attorneys General from Coast to Coast Seek CFPB Regulation on Arbitration Clauses

Attorneys General (AG) from 16 states – Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – have joined forces…more

Arbitration, Attorney Generals, CFPB, Consumer Financial Contracts, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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OCR Issues New Title IX Guidance to Educational Institutions and Title IX Coordinators

On Friday, April 24, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued three important communications that reemphasize the importance under Title IX of designating, training and supporting Title IX coordinators…more

Educational Institutions, New Guidance, OCR, Title IX, Title IX Coordinator

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CFPB Proposes Federal Oversight of Auto Financing Companies

On September 17, 2014, noting the auto lending discrimination it has uncovered at banks, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau or CFPB) announced its plan to further extend its reach under the Dodd-Frank Act by…more

Automotive Loans, CFPB, Dodd-Frank, Loans, Nonbank Firms

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Interns or Employees? The Issue Draws Nearer to Conclusion

Three and a half years ago, litigation began in the Southern District of New York ("S.D.N.Y.") challenging the long-held assumption that interns were not "employees" under the law. These cases alleged that interns who were not…more

Class Action, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Entertainment Industry, FLSA

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New HUD Guidance for Long Term Care Industry

On April 25, 2014, HUD issued a new Mortgagee Letter (Mortgagee Letter 2014-06) that implements revised policies with respect to master leases and portfolios for HUD-insured financing of long term care facilities. This letter…more

Commercial Leases, Financing, HUD, Leases, Long Term Care Facilities

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Sixth Circuit Upholds Ban On Same-Sex Marriage and Poses the Question: Who Should Decide?

Based on a surprising ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last month, the validity of state bans on same-sex marriage appears headed to the Supreme Court after all. In a 2-1 decision, the court upheld state laws…more

Appeals, Same-Sex Marriage, SCOTUS

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Why Take a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure? Why Not?

So you're headed for receivership and foreclosure, when the borrower rep or your counsel asks, "What about a deed in lieu?" "I don't know," you think. "Getting a receiver appointed and foreclosing is what I'm most familiar…more

Deed of Trust, Foreclosure, Mortgages

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 2, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

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Litigation Alert For Businesses With Tennessee Operations

On March 9, 2015, a Tennessee trial court struck down Tennessee's statutory limitation on the amount of non-economic damages recoverable in personal injury cases. The court held that the legislature's attempt to limit…more

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 2, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

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Louisiana Public Bid Law Update: Two Big Wins in the Louisiana First Circuit for Unsuccessful Bidders Disputing Public Bid Awards

Last month, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal issued two decisions in favor of unsuccessful bidders on public projects. In Phylway Const., LLC v. Terrebonne Parish Consol. Government, 2013-1589 (La. App. 1 Cir…more

Attestation Deadlines, Bids, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Contractors

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Summary of Senate Bill 2622 - Mississippi's Construction Lien Law

This is the first in a series of alerts exploring how this new law will affect your business. Look for more information regarding this law in the coming weeks. The bill has passed out of conference but it must be enrolled and…more

Construction Liens, Materialman's Lien

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Top 10 Recommendations to Avoid Litigation

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been targeted by plaintiff's attorneys who advertise heavily in an effort to solicit plaintiffs for malpractice suits…more

Medical Liability

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect - A New Threat for Employers: A Proactive Solution for You

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final Rule on "quickie elections" in December, and they are now in effect. These rules come down heavily in favor of unions…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRA, NLRB, Union Elections

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To the Woodshed: Self-Defense, Defense of Others and Retaliatory Discharge

The workplace can be very tumultuous. Employees working in close quarters inevitably have disagreements, and some employees prove themselves to be disagreeable troublemakers. Workplace bullying is considered by some to be such a…more

Adverse Employment Action, Appeals, At-Will Employment, Bullying, Employer Liability Issues

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Spotlight on Bankruptcy: Basic Bankruptcy for Mortgage Litigators

Mortgage litigators often face a variety of bankruptcy issues. There are three main chapters of bankruptcy that affect the average mortgage litigator: Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11. Upon the filing of Chapter 7, Chapter…more

Automatic Stay, Consumer Bankruptcy, Mortgages

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Service Contractor's Bid Protest Blocked by Lack of LEED Experience

The lack of LEED experience cost an incumbent service contractor the ability to protest the award of a federal contract to its rival, according to an opinion released on April 22, 2014 by the United States Court of Federal…more

Bid Protests, Bids, Contractors, LEED Certified, LEED Rules

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Even Under the ADA, Some Jobs Require Being On-Site; Court of Appeals Decision Offers Lessons

Last month in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., 782 F.3d 753 (6th Cir. 2015) (en banc), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that a Ford employee was not qualified for her job under the ADA because she was not…more

ADA, Attendance, EEOC, Essential Functions, Ford Motor

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CFPB Hot Topics for 2015

Despite rumblings from the new Congress about reining in the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Bureau has indicated a packed agenda for 2015. Following an aggressive push in 2014, the attention of the CFPB continues…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Overdraft Fees, Payday Loans, Popular

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect - A New Threat for Employers: A Proactive Solution for You

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final Rule on "quickie elections" in December, and they are now in effect. These rules come down heavily in favor of unions…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRA, NLRB, Union Elections

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EEOC Proposed Rule to Shed Light on Wellness Programs under the ADA

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published a proposed new rule that would amend the regulations for Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") as they relate to employer…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Benefit Plan Sponsors, EEOC, ERISA

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Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Over TILA Rescissions Limitations Period

The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a borrower relying on the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to rescind his mortgage loan need only mail written notice of his intent to his lender within three years of the loan's…more

Bank of America, Countrywide, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages, Refinancing

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NIST Releases Guidelines for Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Used by Businesses and Their Employees

Companies and their employees are increasingly using mobile devices and mobile applications (apps) to improve connectivity, communication and productivity. Unfortunately, these same companies may be unintentionally exposing…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, NIST

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Fissured Employment – the Government Has Set Its Sights on You

For centuries, businesses have used subcontracting arrangements, franchise agreements or otherwise contracted out the performance of some functions third parties. The business reasons for such actions are obvious: it allows for…more

Franchises, Joint Employers, Right to Control, Subcontractors

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OSHA Update: A Tale of Two Proposed OSHA Regulations

Back in February, we mentioned that public comments were being accepted on OSHA's proposed rule that would require employers with more than 250 employees to electronically report to OSHA their OSHA 300 (the injury and illness…more

Compliance, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Fifth Circuit Protects Franchisors, For Now

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel’s announcement that he intends to pursue unfair labor practice charges against a franchisor, franchisors are on high alert. With the NLRB considering an upheaval…more

Employee Rights, Franchises, Franchisors, Joint Employers, McDonalds

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Courts May Review the EEOC's Conciliation Efforts – Well, Sort Of

Title VII is clear: if the EEOC finds discrimination, it is supposed to "endeavor to eliminate [the] alleged unlawful employment practice by informal methods of conference, conciliation, and persuasion." 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(b)…more

Best Management Practices, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review

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Guns At Work In Tennessee: What Can Be Banned, What Can Probably Be Banned, And What Is Left

The Tennessee legislature's recent enactment of what has been widely named the "Guns in the Trunk" statute, codified at Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1313, has sparked debate across the state about the statute's impact on an…more

At-Will Employment, Concealed Carry Permit, Firearms, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation, Hiring & Firing

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CFPB Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to 2013 Mortgage Rules

The CFPB is currently seeking public comment on several proposed amendments to its final rules issued in 2013, which went into effect in January 2014. The comment period is open through March 16, 2015, so mortgage servicers, or…more

CFPB, Final Rules, Mortgage Servicing Rules, Proposed Amendments, Public Comment

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“One Shelf, One Standard” Continues to Evolve – USCG Issues Final Rule Regarding Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations

The United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), continuing its “One Shelf, One Standard” approach to regulating the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) recently issued a Final Rule enacting new regulations governing electrical equipment in…more

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Accommodations for Pregnant Employees Reaches Supreme Court

What accommodations must employers provide to pregnant employees? On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case, Young v. United Parcel Service, that may help clarify the answer to this question. The…more

ADA, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, PDA, Pregnancy

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect - A New Threat for Employers: A Proactive Solution for You

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final Rule on "quickie elections" in December, and they are now in effect. These rules come down heavily in favor of unions…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRA, NLRB, Union Elections

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DOL Gives States More Control Over Self-Insured Health Plans

On November 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL) published Technical Release 2014-01, which provides technical guidance to States concerning stop-loss insurance. Stop-loss…more

DOL, Employer Group Health Plans, Health Insurance, Self-Insured Health Plans

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Is Forum Shopping for Equal Rights on the Horizon?

Race discrimination claims brought by members of the racial majority have long been recognized as legitimate claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and various state discrimination laws. However,…more

Civil Rights Act, Forum Selection Clause, Forum Shopping, Racial Discrimination, Title VII

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Spotlight on Tennessee: Proposed Revenue Modernization Act

Governor Haslam's Administration has very recently proposed far-reaching amendments to Tennessee's tax laws. These proposed amendments are included in Senate Bill 603/House Bill 644, known as the Revenue Modernization Act (RMA)…more

Bill Haslam, Legislative Agendas, State Budgets, Tax Reform, Tax Revenues

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Federal Contractors: My Baby (well, actually, the OFCCP) Just Wrote Me A Letter!!

On October 1, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) blessed a new Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing for Supply and Service contractors, which is effective…more

Affirmative Action, Contractor Audits, Federal Contractors, OFCCP, Scheduling Letters

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Surcharges in Bankruptcy - A Risk You Can Plan For?

The Bankruptcy Code is a balancing act with each section promoting one or more of three competing principles: the protection of a secured creditor's property rights, equitable and equal distribution to unsecured creditors or the…more

Bankrtupcy Surcharges, Equitable Distribution, Rule 506 Offerings, Secured Creditors

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Don't Get Caught Out in the Cold: Winter Wage Law Woes

Now that winter will soon be officially here and many parts of the country are expecting snow in the near future, employers should be mindful of how winter weather impacts wage laws. Employers should review their inclement…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Severe Weather, Wage and Hour

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Don't Let the OWBPA Put a Rift in Your RIF

Are you considering a reduction in force (RIF) that includes a severance package for employees? Are some of the employees included in the RIF over the age of 40? Before you take another step, make sure you know the requirements…more

ADEA, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Involuntary Reduction in Force, OWBPA

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HHS Issues Guidance on Permitted Remuneration for Prescription Refill Reminders in the Absence of Patient Authorization

On September 19, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) issued guidance on the effect of the January 25, 2013 Final Rule provision about remuneration related to prescription refill reminders and medication adherence…more

Compliance, HHS, HIPAA, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, Refill Reminders

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CFPB Proposes New Rules for Payday Loans

On March 26, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) proposed new regulations on short-term loans, commonly known as "payday loans," which are typically issued by non-depository institutions. The Bureau…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Payday Loans, Proposed Regulation, SBREFA

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Georgia Supreme Court Rules Construction Defects Satisfy CGL Policy's 'Occurrence' Requirement

Homeowners sued their homebuilder alleging that the concrete foundations of their homes were improperly constructed. As a result, it was alleged that the foundations were failing, and the defects in the foundations had caused…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Occurrence, Property Damage

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NLRB Says Individual Gripes About Wages are "Inherently Concerted" Activity

Many employers consider it appropriate to discourage employees from discussing compensation with their coworkers. Particularly in non-unionized environments, employers may not think twice before disciplining employees for…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, NLRB, Protected Activity, Protected Concerted Activity

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Have You Checked Your Vendor Agreements Lately?

In April 2012, the CFPB released a bombshell on financial institutions – not only could they be held responsible for any violations of consumer protection laws, but now they could also be held responsible for the actions of the…more

CFPB, Consumer Lenders, Financial Institutions, Third-Party Liability, Third-Party Service Provider

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Playing Zone(-ing) Defense

ZONE(-ING) DEFENSE --- With March Madness in full swing, now is a great time to review how local zoning ordinances can turn a mortgage servicer’s foreclosure layup into a blocked shot. Many U.S. states rely on a judicial process…more

Foreclosure, Local Ordinance, Mortgages

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Uncivil Civil Investigative Demands

Responding to civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued by the CFPB is one of the larger challenges faced by financial institutions in acclimatizing to the new regulatory agency. Moreover, the CFPB has demonstrated that it will…more

CFPB, Civil Investigation Demand, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Investigations

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Background Checks Increasingly Leading to Litigation

Background checks are increasingly leading to class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). Many employers utilize background checks that include "consumer reports" during the hiring…more

Background Checks, Credit Checks, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA, Hiring & Firing

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Builder Beware! Does Your Project Infringe Someone’s Copyright?

On Friday, November 8, 2013, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which comprises Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, affirmed a $3.2 million damages award for copyright infringement in favor of Kipp…more

Architects, Construction Disputes, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Infringement

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Redskins Trademarks Cancelled - Found Disparaging to Native Americans (Again)

On June 18, 2014, in Amanda Blackhorse et al. v. Pro-Football, Inc., Cancellation No. 92046185 (TTAB 6/18/2014), the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB) cancelled six trademark registrations issued between 1967 and 1990 for…more

Blackhorse v Pro-Football, Disparagement, Football, Laches, Native American Issues

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The New China and Your Company's Intellectual Property

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically in the past two, five, and even 20 years, but its intellectual property (IP) laws have only very recently developed to somewhat better deal with the new reality. The new Chinese…more

China, Corporate Counsel, Gray Market Goods, Intellectual Property Litigation, State-Owned Enterprises

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Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds the Net Operating Income Method for Determining True Value of Affordable Housing

In a much anticipated decision, on October 17, 2013, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the Income Approach to Valuation of Affordable Housing, which is a significant victory for affordable housing developers and the larger…more

Affordable Housing, Appraisal, Subsidies, Valuation

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A Gathering Storm in the Dietary Supplement World

This past February, the New York State Attorney General's office accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and possibly dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves. The…more

Dietary Supplements, Distributors, FDA Warning Letters, GNC, Labeling

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Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both…more

Ethics, Fraud, Legislative Agendas, Lobbying

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Fourth Circuit Joins Other Federal Courts in Broadly Interpreting the Scope of Title VII Retaliation Claims

On May 7, 2015, the Fourth Circuit ruled that an isolated instance of harassment, if "extremely serious," can create a hostile work environment, and that complaining about such harassment constitutes protected activity under…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Hostile Environment, Protected Activity, Title VII

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Bill Introduced to Curtail the Stark Law's In-Office Ancillary Services Exception

On August 1, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act. The legislation would provide that the Stark Law's in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception is not available for…more

CMS, Healthcare, HHS, Medical Devices, Medical Expenses

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Georgia Supreme Court Rules Construction Defects Satisfy CGL Policy's 'Occurrence' Requirement

Homeowners sued their homebuilder alleging that the concrete foundations of their homes were improperly constructed. As a result, it was alleged that the foundations were failing, and the defects in the foundations had caused…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Occurrence, Property Damage

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Louisiana Town Files Second Suit to Block Oil and Gas Well

The Town of Abita Springs filed a suit on December 1, 2014, seeking a declaratory judgment to block the drilling of an oil and gas well about 40 miles north of New Orleans into the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Earlier this year,…more

Declaratory Judgments, Oil & Gas, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Well Drilling

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Spotlight on Louisiana Tax Amnesty: Better to Ask for Forgiveness?

For a two-month period beginning on September 23, 2013 and ending on November 22, 2013, eligible Louisiana taxpayers may apply to wipe the slate clean with the Louisiana Department of Revenue (Department) by voluntarily paying…more

Department of Revenue, Income Taxes, Interest Rates, Tax Amnesty

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Can You Keep a Secret? The SEC Says to Ask Carefully

Employers have a lot to be worried about. Employees are given access to trade secrets, customer lists, financial accounts, and other highly sensitive, confidential information. Most employers attempt to deter improper use of…more

Confidential Information, Confidentiality Agreements, Contract Drafting, Enforcement Actions, Internal Investigations

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HUD Issues New Handbook for Long Term Care Financing Under Section 232

On May 22, 2014, HUD published a new Handbook covering its Section 232 Healthcare Insurance Mortgage Program, which insures HUD-approved lenders against financial loss from mortgage loan defaults in loans to qualifying long term…more

Healthcare, HUD, Long Term Care Facilities, Long-Term Care, Mortgages

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Sanity in Florida? New Ruling Sheds Some Light on the Business Records Exception

On May 6, 2015, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal finally weighed in on an important tactic relied on by servicers in residential foreclosure actions. In Bank of America, N.A. v. Delgado, No. 3D13-910 (Fla. 3d DCA May 6,…more

Appeals, Bank of America, Business Records, Foreclosure, Mortgage Servicers

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Litigation Alert For Businesses With Tennessee Operations

On March 9, 2015, a Tennessee trial court struck down Tennessee's statutory limitation on the amount of non-economic damages recoverable in personal injury cases. The court held that the legislature's attempt to limit…more

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Summary of Senate Bill 2622 - Mississippi's Construction Lien Law

This is the first in a series of alerts exploring how this new law will affect your business. Look for more information regarding this law in the coming weeks. The bill has passed out of conference but it must be enrolled and…more

Construction Liens, Materialman's Lien

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New TILA Section Expands Disclosure Requirements

The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) is a consumer protection statute that imposes mandatory disclosure requirements on creditors who extend consumer credit to borrowers. Brodo v. Bankers Trust Co., 847 F. Supp. 353 (D. Penn E.D…more

Borrowers, Creditors, Disclosure Requirements, Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards, Regulation Z

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HIPAA Settlement Underscores the Vulnerability of Unpatched and Unsupported Software

The title of this alert, which comes straight from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) announcement of its most recent settlement, again underscores the critical need for covered entities…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, HIPAA, OCR, Patient Confidentiality Breaches

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Treasury Secretary Testifies about CMBS Markets and Dodd Frank

On May 21, 2013, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in his role as Chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council ("FSOC") testified before the House Financial Services Committee. In its annual report, the FSOC stated that "the…more

Annual Reports, CMBS, Dodd-Frank, FSOC, U.S. Treasury

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Spotlight on Alabama: Retailers Will be Subject to Sales Tax Because of Deliveries into Local Jurisdictions

For many years, retailers subject to Alabama's sales tax have correctly avoided collecting sales taxes for those Alabama cities and counties where the retailer is not located but where the retailer nevertheless makes deliveries…more

Nexus, Retailers, Sales & Use Tax

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Recent, Significant Changes in Florida's Law of Foreclosure

On June 7, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 87, now known as Chapter 2013-137, which provides for substantial changes in mortgage foreclosures filed in Florida…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Mortgages, New Legislation

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Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) is Challenged Before the U.S. Supreme Court

A significant protection afforded by the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) is being challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court in State of Mississippi ex rel Jim Hood, Attorney General v. AU Optronics Corp, et al., No…more

CAFA, Class Action, Federal Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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Georgia Supreme Court Rules Construction Defects Satisfy CGL Policy's 'Occurrence' Requirement

Homeowners sued their homebuilder alleging that the concrete foundations of their homes were improperly constructed. As a result, it was alleged that the foundations were failing, and the defects in the foundations had caused…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Occurrence, Property Damage

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Spotlight on Mississippi: Domestic Asset Protection Trust Legislation

Mississippi recently became the 16th state to pass legislation permitting the creation of domestic asset protection trusts. The new law was effective July 1, 2014. Under the new Mississippi Act, a domestic asset…more

Trusts

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Patent Protection for Isolated Genetic Sequences Upheld in Australia

Last year in AMP v Myriad Genetics, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that isolated, naturally occuring DNA are not patent eligible, which caused considerable consternation in the biotech community. However, this does not appear…more

AMP v Myriad, Australia, BRCA, DNA, Genetic Materials

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Texas Supreme Court Leaves Trespass Question Unanswered

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Environmental Processing Systems LC v. FPL Farming Ltd., case number 12-0905, and specifically declined to address the issue of whether wastewater that migrates under…more

Appeals, Farms, Hazardous Waste, Trespass, TX Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Puts Raging Bull Copyright Back in the Ring

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. revived copyright infringement claims based on the motion picture Raging Bull, and in the process may have killed the "discovery rule" for when a…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, MGM, Petrella v. MGM, Raging Bull

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect - A New Threat for Employers: A Proactive Solution for You

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final Rule on "quickie elections" in December, and they are now in effect. These rules come down heavily in favor of unions…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRA, NLRB, Union Elections

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Long Term Care Lenders Beware: Could You Be Liable For Patient Care?

Plaintiffs are increasingly seeking to extend to remote lenders liability for alleged negligent care of residents in long term care facilities. The current strategy is to use "alter ego and veil piercing" theories which claim…more

Alter Ego, Commercial Bankruptcy, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Lender Liability

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Tennessee Proposes Fracturing Practices for Oil and Gas Wells

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TEDC) proposed rules regarding fracturing practices for oil and gas wells have received approval by the Joint Government Operation Committee in the Tennessee General…more

Fracking, Oil & Gas

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Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer - Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John’s Non-Competes Goes Stale - Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise…more

Ambush Election Rules, Beer, Breweries, Class Action, Contract Terms

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Taking Time to Give Thanks and Review Your Estate Plan

As you take time to give thanks this holiday season, it may be time for you to consider how you will show your family your appreciation. Keeping your estate planning documents and beneficiary designations up-to-date is one of…more

Estate Planning, Year-End Planning

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Sparta to Memphis: Bruce McMullen Shares His Path to Success

Bruce McMullen is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Memphis office and focuses his practice in health care law and commercial litigation. Over the years, Bruce has built a successful career, earning an AV® Preeminent™ Peer…more

Career Development

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New Georgia Law Sets Deadlines for Deeds, Relaxes Attestation Requirements

If you thought you knew the decades-old Georgia requirements for attesting a security instrument or recording a deed under power, think again. These basic rules are changing on July 1, 2015, and the changes are expected to have…more

Deeds, Mortgage Servicing Rules, Mortgages, Notarization, Recording Requirements

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Redefining the Term "Spouse" Under the FMLA

For employers that operate in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage and for those that operate in multiple states, the Family Medical Leave Act's (FMLA) application to same-sex partners of employees has been a constant…more

DOL, DOMA, Final Rules, FMLA, Same-Sex Marriage

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“Materially Less”: The Foreclosure Deficiency Standard in Tennessee

Like many other states, Tennessee allows a creditor who has conducted a foreclosure sale of real property secured by a deed of trust or mortgage to recover "a deficiency judgment in an amount sufficient to satisfy fully the…more

Debt, Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Mortgages

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Texas City Council Rejects Fracking Ban

On July 16, 2014, the City Council of Denton, Texas rejected an ordinance that would prohibit hydraulic fracturing. The initiative will now be considered by the Denton residents in the November election. Earlier this year, the…more

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Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both…more

Ethics, Fraud, Legislative Agendas, Lobbying

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11th Circuit Affirms No Indemnity for a Subcontractor's Deceased Employee Under Employee Exclusion Contained in General Contractor's Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy

On April 24, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an opinion affirming summary judgment deny a claim by the estate of a subcontractor's employee against a general contractor's commercial general…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, General Contractors, Indemnification, Subcontractors, Wrongful Death

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Five Things to Consider When Expanding in a Global Market

More and more oil and gas companies, based in the United States or elsewhere, are considering a venture into foreign waters (or land). Following is a list of just a few issues that could impact expansion efforts. …more

Compliance, FCPA, Foreign Currency, Fraud, Oil & Gas

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The Effect of California's New Privacy Laws on Your Company

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on September 30, three amendments to California's privacy laws of which every business must be aware. The amendments to the Civil Code (i) significantly broaden the scope of…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Protection, Identity Theft, Jerry Brown, New Legislation

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Mitigating Successor Liability in Long Term Care Acquisitions

As in any business acquisition, purchasers in the long term care industry can encounter potential liability due to employment claims, seller violations of representations and warranties under the purchase agreement, tort…more

Long-Term Care, Succession Planning, Successor Liability

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Georgia Legislature Clarifies Service of Process Statute for Georgia Domestic and Foreign Corporations Doing Business in Georgia

On July 1, 2013, clarifying changes to Georgia’s Civil Practice Act went into effect regarding how a plaintiff can accomplish service of civil process against a Georgia corporation, as well as foreign corporations doing business…more

Foreign Corporations, New Legislation, Service of Process

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Inclement Weather Issues:

This year’s winter weather has wreaked havoc on many parts of the country. Employees have been unable to travel to work, and businesses throughout major cities have shut down their offices. Office closures are costly to…more

Severe Weather, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Old E-Verify Data: Download it or Lose It

USCIS is giving participating employers the chance, in the final quarter of every calendar year starting now, to download for employers' storage E-Verify records older than 10 years before USCIS destroys those historical records…more

E-Verify, I-9, ICE, Immigration Records, USCIS

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On My Bookshelf: Flash Boys

In the spring of 2007, Brad Katsuyama, a successful New York banker at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), thought something was wrong with his computer. He was trying to buy 10,000 shares of Intel, offered at $22. But the moment he…more

Flash Boys, High Frequency Trading, SEC, Wall Street

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Employers of Home Care Workers to Begin Paying Overtime in January 2015

The United States Department of Labor issued a final rule, extending the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to home health care workers who provide care for the sick, disabled or elderly, otherwise known as…more

Caregivers, Employee Rights, FLSA, Unpaid Overtime, Wage and Hour

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Federal Judge Blocks Department of Labor Rule Expanding FMLA to Same-Sex Couples

On Thursday, March 26, a federal district court in the Northern District of Texas granted an injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting a new rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that…more

DOL, DOMA, Final Rules, FMLA, Injunctions

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U.S. Supreme Court Bartlett Decision in Favor of Generic Drug Manufacturers

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that state law design defect claims against manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals are preempted by federal law when the claim hinges on the adequacy of the drug's…more

Design Defects, Drug Manufacturers, Generic Drugs, Pharmaceutical, Preemption

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DOL Gives States More Control Over Self-Insured Health Plans

On November 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL) published Technical Release 2014-01, which provides technical guidance to States concerning stop-loss insurance. Stop-loss…more

DOL, Employer Group Health Plans, Health Insurance, Self-Insured Health Plans

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Healthcare Asset Class: a Dubious CMBS Distinction for an Industry in Flux

Although healthcare properties have historically provided the smallest share of collateral used for backing CMBS transactions (currently only 0.47%), according to the most recent report from Moody’s Investors Service,…more

Acute Facilities, Asset Class, Assisted Living Facility, Commercial Real Estate Market, Healthcare Facilities

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Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer - Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John’s Non-Competes Goes Stale - Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise…more

Ambush Election Rules, Beer, Breweries, Class Action, Contract Terms

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That is the Telling Thing: An Interview with Jenna Bedsole

In addition to her credits as attorney and author, Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Chair and Birmingham Shareholder Jenna Bedsole can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. Jenna is the executive producer and…more

Professional Development, Women in the Law

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A Not-So-Happy Valentine's Day for UAW and Its Continued Efforts to Feel the Love

On February 14, 2014, the results of a NLRB-conducted unionization vote by Volkswagen workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant were released. Plant workers voted 712-626 against representation by the United Auto Workers…more

Automotive Industry, NLRA, NLRB, Unions

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CFPB Takes Aim at Relationships between Universities and Credit and Debit Card Issuers

Financial institutions marketing credit and debit cards to college and university students should prepare for likely investigations and enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory bodies…more

Banking Sector, CFPB, Colleges, Credit Cards, Financial Institutions

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Federal District Court Rules Favorably for Medical Device Manufacturer in Off-Label Promotion Lawsuits

On April 13, 2015, in the case of Kathleen Hafer v. Medtronic, Inc., the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a favorable opinion to a medical device manufacturer in the context of preemption…more

Leave to Amend, Manufacturers, Medical Devices, Medtronic, Misrepresentation

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Supreme Court Affirms Computerizing Fundamental Economic Practice Too Abstract To Be Patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd v. CLS Bank International unanimously continued its recent trend of finding certain patent claims too abstract to be patentable. The patents in question contained…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Your Grandmother Doesn’t Work for Free: Volunteer and Intern Positions Under Closer Scrutiny - Excessive Celebration – Penalty Declined - Four Crisis Management Lessons from the…more

Class Action, Crisis Management, DOL, FLSA, Fourth Amendment

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect

In previous articles, we have explained how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken the position that franchisors and franchisees are joint employers of the employees, setting the stage for large-scale union…more

Ambush Election Rules, NLRB, Union Elections, Unions

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Get Your Ducks in a Row: Thoughts on Foreclosure of Securitized Debt in Alabama

Alabama remains one of the simplest jurisdictions in the country for commercial foreclosure. Nevertheless, foreclosure in Alabama can quickly become expensive if a lender does not carefully follow the letter of the law and…more

Debt, Foreclosure, Securitization

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 2, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

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Rig Counts Drill Down as Oil Prices Fall

As a follow up to last week's blog entitled Consequences of the Falling Price of Oil and LOGA's Perspective, this week we focus on the impact of the falling oil prices on rig counts. As noted on Baker Hughes' website, Baker…more

Market Participants, Oil & Gas, Oil Prices

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CFPB's Latest Supervisory Report Signals Enforcement Trends

The CFPB's most recent Supervisory Highlights report, which covers the second half of 2014, confirms that the bureau is continuing an aggressive focus on debt collection, overdraft fees, mortgage origination, fair lending and…more

Ability-to-Repay, CFPB, Consumer Financial Contracts, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders

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Q & A: ICANN's Global Trademark Clearinghouse

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body tasked with coordinating and preserving global Internet stability, is embarking on its largest expansion ever of the domain name system. Last week, on…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Registration, Trademark Clearinghouse

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For Convenience Store Chains in Georgia, Leasing Business Operations to Separate Entity Can Maximize Recovery in Condemnations

In Georgia, when a convenience store chain both owns and operates a location, it should lease business operations to a separate legal entity to maximize recovery in the event of a partial condemnation. In limited…more

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HHS: Providers May Be Able to Subsidize Premiums For Uninsured in Marketplace Plans

An announcement October 30 from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could remove the first hurdle for providers wishing to offer premium support for individuals eligible for health insurance on the Health…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Supreme Court Rulings Help Defendants in Patent Infringement Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two major patent infringement cases today, overturning Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rulings on the standards for proving patent vagueness and induced infringement. Summaries of each…more

Limelight, Limelight Networks, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Legislative Update for Brand Manufacturers Distributing in Alabama

On April 28, 2015, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB-80, thereby abolishing the highly criticized theory of innovator liability adopted in Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, ___ So.3d___, 2014 WL 4055813 (Ala. Aug. 15, 2014)…more

Inventors, Liability, Manufacturers, New Legislation

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Hydraulic Fracturing Continues to Produce More Legislation and Oversight

As U.S. oil and gas production has dramatically increased due to the more frequent use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to release tight oil and gas, new state legislation and rules around oil and gas drilling…more

Energy, Fracking, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas

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Recent Changes in Off-Site Employment Requirements

There have been recent changes in the immigration world regarding the requirements for off-site employment. Both the H-1B visa category and the L-1B visa category, which are two of the more common employment-based visa…more

Administrative Appeals, DOL, H-1B, LCA, Location Changes

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President Obama Signs Several Bills Aimed at Cybersecurity

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed several significant cybersecurity bills into law. These bills include the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, the…more

Barack Obama, Cybersecurity, New Legislation, Popular

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Georgia Supreme Court Rules Construction Defects Satisfy CGL Policy's 'Occurrence' Requirement

Homeowners sued their homebuilder alleging that the concrete foundations of their homes were improperly constructed. As a result, it was alleged that the foundations were failing, and the defects in the foundations had caused…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Occurrence, Property Damage

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Four Tips for Responding to a Civil Investigative Demand: A Report from the Trenches

Simply being served with a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) means enormous financial strain and reputational risk for some companies. On top of that, in this heightened regulatory environment, federal agencies seem to be trying…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, CID, Data Retention, Document Productions, Enforcement Actions

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On My Bookshelf – The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker

It was a beautiful fall afternoon in Knoxville and 100,000 Big Orange fans milled around Neyland Stadium shortly before kickoff. One of them was a then-young partner in a then medium-sized law firm, dressed in jeans and sneakers…more

Howard Baker

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7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the…more

Business Formation, Copyright, First-to-File, Legal Perspectives, Patents

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Top 10 Recommendations to Avoid Litigation

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been targeted by plaintiff's attorneys who advertise heavily in an effort to solicit plaintiffs for malpractice suits…more

Medical Liability

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New Texas Law Hopes to Eliminate the Barriers to Recycling Fracking Wastewater

Following a unanimous vote of approval in both the House and Senate and signature of Governor Rick Perry, House Bill 2767 will go into effect in Texas on September 1, 2013…more

Drilling Waste Disposal, Fracking, Oil & Gas, Wastewater

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Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

On Wednesday, January 28, as required by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the next step in the…more

BOEM, Mineral Leases, Offshore Drilling, Oil & Gas, Outer Continental Shelf

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Spotlight on Tennessee: Ruling Highlights Importance of State Income Tax Considerations for Section 338 Elections

In Spotlight on Tennessee: Letter Ruling Addresses Treatment of a Section 338(h)(10) Election, dated July 10, 2014, we examined how Tennessee treats the federal election under Internal Revenue Code Section 338(h)(10) for…more

Excise Tax, Franchise Taxes, Income Taxes, State Taxes

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Ah, Social Media: Blurring the Lines Between Work Life and Personal Life

Andy Warhol is quoted as saying, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How prophetic you were Andy. These days a single post on social media can travel around the world faster than you can say Snap Chat…more

At-Will Employment, Code of Conduct, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies

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EEOC Implements Digital Charge Pilot Program

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced the launch of its ACT Digital pilot program that allows the EEOC to communicate directly with employers through an online portal. Phase I of ACT Digital…more

ACT Digital, EEOC

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Florida to Government: Your Lien Doesn't Foreclose This Old Mortgage

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that cities cannot create ordinances that subject prior recorded mortgages to their subsequently recorded county or governmental liens, because it conflicts with Florida's state statutes on…more

Foreclosure, Liens, Local Ordinance, Mortgages, Municipalities

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CFPB Refines Mortgage Rules to Resolve Conflicts and Inconsistencies

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule and bulletin refining and making technical changes to certain provisions of its January 2013 mortgage rules. The interim rule…more

CFPB, Conflict Resolution, Consumer Bankruptcy, FDCPA, Mortgages

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Texas Supreme Court Reinforces that Subcontractors May be Liable to Property Owners

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that both the trial court and the court of appeals improperly dismissed a property owner's claim for negligence against a subcontractor for improper plumbing installation in…more

Breach of Duty, Contractors, Duty of Care, Negligence, Property Owners

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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Summary of Senate Bill 2622 - Mississippi's Construction Lien Law

This is the first in a series of alerts exploring how this new law will affect your business. Look for more information regarding this law in the coming weeks. The bill has passed out of conference but it must be enrolled and…more

Construction Liens, Materialman's Lien

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Five Changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act That You Need to Know

The following are five important changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act (the Act) which became effective January 1, 2015: 1. Affirmative Disclosure Requirement to Report Up the Chain of Command; 2…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Conversions, Disclosure Requirements, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification

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Waive Goodbye to Confirmation Hurdle! Recent Decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals Gives Lenders an Alternate Route to Collect Post-Foreclosure Deficiency From Guarantors

By most accounts, a decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals last September represents a sea change in the law governing judicial confirmation of foreclosure sales and post-foreclosure deficiency claims. Indeed, the Court's…more

Appeals, Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Guarantors, Mortgages

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2014 EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics: Retaliation Claims on the Rise

On February 4, the EEOC released a comprehensive set of private sector data for fiscal year 2014. The data tables provide detailed breakdowns of the 88,778 charges of workplace discrimination filed with the agency. While the…more

EEOC, Enforcement Statistics, Retaliation

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Between the "Like" Button and a Hard Place: Understanding the Implications of Hulu's Latest Argument Against User's Privacy Allegations

Companies commonly utilize Facebook as part of their online social media advertising strategy. Companies should revisit this strategy in light of a recent finding in the Northern California U.S. District Court (In re Hulu…more

Advertising, Data Protection, Facebook, Hulu, Online Videos

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Volcker Rule Restricts Banks' Activities with Hedge Funds and Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading…more

Banks, Dodd-Frank, Hedge Funds, Private Funds, Volcker Rule

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Medical Marijuana Use and the ADA – A New Intersect

On behalf of your company, you hire a new employee. As part of the hiring process, the new employee must complete a satisfactory physical examination, including passing a drug test. During the physical exam, the new employee…more

ADA, Drug Testing, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Mississippi Lt. Governor Proposes Tax Cuts

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves recently unveiled a plan to cut taxes in Mississippi by approximately $380 million over a ten-year period. Reeves' proposal is called the "Taxpayer Raise Act of 2015," and has been introduced to the…more

Proposed Legislation, Tax Cuts

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Receiverships in Georgia

In addition to Georgia's relatively swift non-judicial foreclosure process, lenders with a defaulting borrower in Georgia have the option of seeking a receivership over property securing their loans. A court-appointed receiver…more

Receivership

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U.S. Supreme Court Bartlett Decision in Favor of Generic Drug Manufacturers

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that state law design defect claims against manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals are preempted by federal law when the claim hinges on the adequacy of the drug's…more

Design Defects, Drug Manufacturers, Generic Drugs, Pharmaceutical, Preemption

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Multiple Dangers of Meth Labs in Hotels

A quick Internet search sheds a bright light on the dangers to hotels if guest rooms are used for methamphetamine, or "meth," production. There are dangers related to contamination and its impact on other guests, as well as…more

Contaminated Properties, Hotels, Meth Labs, Methamphetamine, Safety Precautions

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Federal District Court Rules Favorably for Medical Device Manufacturer in Off-Label Promotion Lawsuits

On April 13, 2015, in the case of Kathleen Hafer v. Medtronic, Inc., the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a favorable opinion to a medical device manufacturer in the context of preemption…more

Leave to Amend, Manufacturers, Medical Devices, Medtronic, Misrepresentation

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Nursing Home Reporting of Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long Term Care Facility

Nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices that provide services in long term care facilities and independent living facilities that provide services for the developmentally disabled ("facilities") are required to…more

Affordable Care Act, Elder Abuse, Elder Issues, Healthcare, Medical Liability

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New Anti-Corruption Law to Take Effect in Brazil

With the continued ongoing work to exploit the discoveries in the Lula (Tupi) field and the recently announced 2013 subsalt strike in the Campos and Santos basins off Brazil's southern coast, oil and gas exploration and…more

Anti-Bribery, Anti-Corruption, Brazil, Clean Companies Act, Compliance

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Legislative Update for Brand Manufacturers Distributing in Alabama

On April 28, 2015, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB-80, thereby abolishing the highly criticized theory of innovator liability adopted in Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, ___ So.3d___, 2014 WL 4055813 (Ala. Aug. 15, 2014)…more

Inventors, Liability, Manufacturers, New Legislation

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Challenging the Denial of a Trademark Application in District Court Just Got More Expensive

In Shammas v. Focarino, the Eastern District of Virginia holds that an applicant must pay the government attorney's fees regardless of the applicant's success in a Section 1071(b) civil matter. …more

Applications, Attorney's Fees, Litigation Fees & Costs, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Diversity Matters: Note from the Editor - Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2 of this year, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 enjoyed its 50th anniversary – an appropriate time for reflection. Prior to the passage of this Act, for more than 180 years, from July 4, 1776, until July 2, 1964, it…more

Civil Rights Act, Discrimination, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

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Immigration Corner: H-1B Cap FY2016 and Aftermath, "Doing Business" for Multinational Managers, myE-Verify Available Nationwide

If you filed an H-1B petition that did not get accepted for processing under the FY2016 Cap, you are not alone. This year a record number of 233,000 petitions were filed in a mad scramble for the annual supply of 85,000 new H-1B…more

Doing Business, E-Verify, H-1B, Multinationals, USCIS

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Big Win for our Florida team in U.S. Bank N.A. v. Bartram

In U.S. Bank N.A. v. Bartram, ____ So.3d ____, 2014 WL 1632138 (Fla. 5th DCA April 25, 2014), the Fifth District Court of Appeals for the State of Florida reversed a decision from the Circuit Court of St. Johns County addressing…more

Accelerated Payments, Default, Foreclosure, Mortgages, Statute of Limitations

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Featuring: Off-the-Record Mentoring

A structured, formal mentoring plan is an important part of any female professional's career path. Helping the next generation of female leaders through mentoring has been shown to be enormously helpful to both parties. However,…more

Career Development, Young Lawyers

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The U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Extraterritorial Lawsuit Against Shell Oil

The United States Supreme Court, in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, recently restricted the scope of the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350 (“ATS”), a 224-year-old law often used to invoke jurisdiction in suing corporations…more

Alien Tort Statute, Extraterritoriality Rules, Human Rights, Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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Six Months in Review: Florida Case Law

Florida has witnessed developments in three areas of mortgage foreclosure litigation already this year. The opinions offered by various courts of appeal have come at a time when litigants crave guidance more than ever, but the…more

Banks, Business Records, Foreclosure, Mortgages, Statute of Limitations

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Pharmacies: Watch Out for Future HHS Crackdowns on Security Rule Violations

As we all know by now, HIPAA required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt regulations protecting the privacy of "protected health information" (PHI). HHS responded to that requirement…more

Covered Entities, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, HHS, HIPAA

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SEC Issues Guidance on its 2014 Examination Priorities

Each year, the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination's National Exam Program (NEP) issues a letter communicating to investors and registrants the areas that the staff perceives to present heightened risks. This…more

Compliance, Enforcement Actions, Fraud, NEP, SEC

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HHS Issues Guidance on Permitted Remuneration for Prescription Refill Reminders in the Absence of Patient Authorization

On September 19, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) issued guidance on the effect of the January 25, 2013 Final Rule provision about remuneration related to prescription refill reminders and medication adherence…more

Compliance, HHS, HIPAA, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, Refill Reminders

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Per NLRB, Employees May Use Company Email For Union Organizing

On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), through a divided panel, held that employees may use employer-provided email systems for union organizing. Specifically, the NLRB held "employee use of email for…more

Email, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications, Unions

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Guns in the Trunks: Employees Now Can Sue Their Employers!

It has long been a crime to carry a gun on private property if prohibited by the owner. The enactment two years ago of the so-called "Guns in the Trunks" law changes this long standing law. See Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1313…more

Employer Liability Issues, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation, New Legislation, Private Property

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Federal Crowdfunding Efforts Stall While Tennessee Prepares for Takeoff

On January 1, 2015, pursuant to the Invest Tennessee Exemption (ITE), crowdfunding in Tennessee became legal, granting Tennessee-based companies and investors increased access to capital and broadened opportunities to invest…more

Crowdfunding, Equity Financing, Issuers, JOBS Act, Legislative Agendas

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Time Saver Savvy – Helpful Tips for the Busy Professional

A colleague and I took a seminar on time management for working mothers some 20 years ago. We met each other at the hotel conference room, rushing in at the last minute just as did every other woman in attendance – approximately…more

Law Practice Management, Women in the Law, Young Lawyers

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Spotlight on Louisiana: Low Tax Cost Ranks Louisiana in Top Ten for Business

A 2012 report by KPMG and the Tax Foundation called "Location Matters: a Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business" shows Louisiana as having the tenth- lowest overall state and local tax cost for "mature businesses"…more

Business Taxes, Local Taxes, State Taxes

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Q & A: ICANN's Global Trademark Clearinghouse

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body tasked with coordinating and preserving global Internet stability, is embarking on its largest expansion ever of the domain name system. Last week, on…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Registration, Trademark Clearinghouse

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Rise in misclassification suits and DOL audits quite a fright: what an employer can do to prepare

Few things are more frightening to an employer than a worker misclassification suit. Perhaps a Department of Labor audit over wage and hour issues may be just as scary. One thing is for sure: disagreements about how workers are…more

Audits, Discrimination, DOL, Enforcement Actions, Misclassification

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NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Takes Effect

In previous articles, we have explained how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken the position that franchisors and franchisees are joint employers of the employees, setting the stage for large-scale union…more

Ambush Election Rules, NLRB, Union Elections, Unions

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Sound, Speed, and Distance - The Second Circuit Allows Use of SVDR Data as Evidence in Maritime Casualty

In a Summary Order dated March 13, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for Second Circuit affirmed a summary judgment of the Southern District of New York, which ruled in favor of a vessel owner based on data of the ship's…more

Data Recovery, Evidence, Telecommunications, Vessels

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Senator Allain Proposes Mandatory Mediation in Legacy Lawsuits

Legacy litigation refers to hundreds of lawsuits in Louisiana seeking damages allegedly related to environmental harm caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities. These lawsuits have been likened to winning the…more

Environmental Liability, Legacy Litigation, Mediation, Oil & Gas, Proposed Legislation

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